TRUCE?: Some semblance of reason was restored to the Oasis vs. Blur battle last week (see story, Page 7) when Oasis' Noel Gallagher apologized for saying in an interview with the Observer newspaper that he hoped Blur members Damon Albarn and Alex James "caught AIDS and died."
In a letter sent to the British press, Gallagher claimed that "as soon as I said it, I realized that it was an insensitive thing to say as AIDS is no joking matter, and immediately retracted the comment, but I was horrified to pick up the Observer and find that the journalist concerned still chose to run with it. . . . Although not being a fan of their music, I wish both Damon and Alex a long and healthy life."